ChamoritaMomma’s Fried Okra

Okra flower

Okra flower with many pods…..

As many of you know, I have a garden that’s been very “fruitful”, one of those being Okra!  I decided to make some fried Okra tonight for dinner and this is what I came up with…..

Fried Okra

Fresh Okra, 2 – 3 in. long
1 1/2 cups Self-rising Flour
1 1/2 cups Self-rising Corn Meal
1 1/2 tsp. Salt
1/2 tsp. Cayenne Pepper
1/4 cup Bacon Grease
Vegetable Oil

Wash the fresh okra; trim off and discard stem ends from each okra; leave whole. Place into a deep bowl and pour enough buttermilk to cover okra completely; cover and chill at least 20 minutes. Combine the flour, cornmeal, salt, and cayenne pepper in a large bowl and set aside.

Drain the buttermilk from the okra by pouring into a colander. Discard buttermilk. Add the drained okra into the flour mixture, and toss to coat completely.

Fried Okra, ready to enjoy....

Fried Okra, ready to enjoy….

Pour enough oil to the depth of 2-inches into cast-iron skillet or deep fry pan; add the bacon grease. When the oil is hot, fry the okra in batches, 5 – 8 minutes or until golden; drain on paper towels. Serve immediately.

NOTE: The best Okra for this dish are those which are 2 -3 inches in length. Okra more than 3-inches should be sliced into 1/4 inch circles.

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